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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by alpine692003, Jan 17, 2004.

  1. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    Yes it's a 21" commercial mower.


    How many problems could you have with it? I dont understand?

    I have had no problems.
     
  2. TYLAWN

    TYLAWN LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    You shouldn't have any problems with any of your equipment, because it stuff lowballers use. I've read your questions and from what I can make of it, Soupy is right you can not possibly give a customer a quality service for their money.
     
  3. FineScapes

    FineScapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    hey alpine how old are you? im with ty lawn on this one you can't be serious on some of these questions your asking a 21 inch mower is not going to do it unless you r cutting islans at the grocery store DUDE GO TO WORK FOR SOMEONE AND BUY A REAL COMMERCIAL MOWER IM SORRY BUT YOU NEED TO BE TOLD THIS PLEASE U NEED MORE TO START A BUSINESS LIKE YOU WANT
     
  4. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    I guess that's too bad then eh?
     
  5. FineScapes

    FineScapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    as long as you keep your goals in myind thats good dont let us discourage you we just want you to do good YOU CAN DO IT!
     
  6. SIRCAESAR

    SIRCAESAR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

    Hey Alpine, as a new guy to the industry I agree with finescapes and the others.. its going to take more then a 21" especially if your going to be productive.. I plan to start with at least a 36" Exmark wb redmax, stihl or echo blower, edjer and trimmer. these guys on lawnsite know their stuff. You will break your back trying to do this biz with a 21" especially on the larger lawns . even last summer when I did my lawn with my 21" snapper it got tiring real quick, If you cannot afford it hustle and bustle with the 21" with the goal of saving up for at least a 36" with sulky even if you have to go used you should be able to find a good deal, then save up for 52 ztr which will cut your work time drastically, work your way up, invest your money back into the equipment as your business grows. I have a game plan, I am putting together. I know all of you are ready to hit the grass for spring. I am excited
     
  7. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    I will be getting a 36" when I've been going at it!
     
  8. Shadetree Ltd

    Shadetree Ltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 390

    FWIW,

    1. While most advice given here is good, there is definately some that is maybe well intentioned but not very helpful. Knowing the area you are based in I GUARANTEE that you do not need a larger machine to start up with. While some of the other concerns are valid the commercial model Honda you have will work. Some people do not understand the size of lawns you are targeting. When I started I was able to gross six figures with 21" mowers and three people. Calling a top of the line commercial 21" mower 'lowballer equipment' is ignorant.

    2. Your lawns will not stripe for a long time, if ever. What height do you think you will be cutting at for the stripes you see on this site? Before you even try striping you need to know what you are cutting (type of grass) and its tendency to stripe or not. You are going to have trouble getting many customers that will be willing to let their grass get cut at the 2.5-3.5" that might even hint a stripe. The landscape market is very different here on the wet coast than most people are aware of. Your lawns will not need their first cut until probably March and they will have to be growing vigorously for the striper to be effective. You should be looking for winter clean ups, late leaf clean ups, and trying to find aerating jobs to line up for March. RENT an aerator, cover your costs and always leave a quotation for lawn maintenance.

    3. I have to recommend that you at least work part time for an established company, even 1 or 2 days a week for this first year. You will get a regular paycheck and still leave 5 days a week for yourself. You can read the internet till you are blue in the face, but till you have walked a mile in someone elses shoes you have no idea.

    4. Kwantlan College has some great horticulture coarses available, some cities also have some decent continuing education programs that will help (I know Burnaby does for sure). Even with some night school coarses I strongly recommend working part time for someone for a while.

    5. What is said on any website needs to be analyzed, our mild climate and heavy rain falls really make our area different from most of the guys on this site. There are guys on here that think it is wrong to cut the lawn in the rain, while it may apply to their location, you would not be in business a month here if you did that. Every day I can learn something new about our industry from the web, I also read a ton more of poor/wrong advice as well.

    6. Good luck, and check the help wanted ads.

    Scott
     
  9. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    Ya, its okay .. These people are from the US so that explains their ignorance such as from tylawn and soupy.

    doesn't offend or insult at all, I dont care what these guys have to say, they are just voicing their opinions, tahs' fine by me.
     
  10. Shadetree Ltd

    Shadetree Ltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 390

    Alpine,

    That comment is uncalled for and not going to get you answers to your next questions. I agree with what soupy had to say. Everybodys situation is different, that does not make them ignorant.

    Scott
     

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